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  • Here Comes Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Inspired Items

    Somehow this month has flown by, and it's already mid-October! The store is already in full Halloween mode, with adorable invitations, decorating ideas, and party gear galore. One trend we've been into this year are the beautifully intricate skull designs, inspired by the sugar skulls associated with Day of the Dead celebrations. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos,  is a holiday observed October 31 - November 2 throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The traditional sugar skulls date back to 18th century Mexico, and have more recently made an appearance in popular design, popping up everywhere from notebooks to glassware and everywhere in between. Below are a few of our favorite Dia de los Muertos inspired items currently available at Rock Paper Scissors: Day of the Dead Masks Sugar Skulls The Day of the Dead Mask Kit includes all sorts of fun decorating options and makes up to 6 masks! Kit includes pre-cut shapes, pre-printed mouths, assorted papers (including glitter paper!), adhesive gems, wooden sticks, and templates. If you're feeling particularly crafty, add some twine and tissue paper to make a festive garland, like that shown below. Day of the Dead Skulls garland how to Searching for ideas to make treat bags extra special this season? Look no further than this Halloween Treat Kit, complete with black and orange twine and tags featuring a ghost, witch, and skull designs. Halloween Treat Kid Skull Twine Witch and Ghost Make your Halloween party invitations extra special with this set of skull invitations (party details are on the flip side). Halloween Skull Invitations Love the skull idea but not in the market for invitations? We've got you covered there too - this set of 10 folded notecards and envelopes is great for Halloween, but can carry over long past the holiday! We're swooning of the intricate gold foil details and the shimmery matching envelope. Day of the Dead Gold Skulls Stationery Set Can't get enough of these skull designs? Check out this recent post from Sweet Heather Anne - we're absolutely obsessed and these cookies look almost too good to eat! Key word: almost. She's hosting a Halloween cookie decorating workshop in Ann Arbor - learn more here! Dia de los Muertos Cookie Decorations Here's hoping you have a festive Dia de los Muertos and a happy Halloween! Stay tuned to the blog - we'll be sharing more Halloween fun in the next few days!
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  • RPS DIY- Dip Dye Thumb Tacks

    Inspired by all the gorgeous painted goods on Pinterest, I decided I had to try to make something similar. For my first foray into dip painting, I didn’t want to get too ambitious – so bowls, purses, and furniture (dip painted chair legs anyone?) were out of the question. But thumbtacks? That sounded like something I could pull off. I grabbed packs of wood thumbtacks (20 pieces for $1 were in Target’s dollar section), bright acrylic paint, gold metallic spray paint, some paintbrushes, and scrap cardboard. pin crop Single Color For my first try, I decided to dip the top of each pin. Sounded simple enough. I cut down some old solo cups to hold the paint and started with the purple and yellow paints. (I used acrylic polymer, which requires some watering down). Hold the tack upside down, dip it in the paint and pin it in a piece of cardboard to dry. A few coats later and you’re done! RPS-Single Dip Steps2 To do the gold ones, I used metallic gold spray paint that I had on hand for other projects. I sprayed the paint in the cutout solo cup and then followed the same process. A note of caution – metallic colors via spray paint can be obnoxious to deal with – the paint layers separated in the cup, it had a tendency to bleed on the pins and some dried a little funky. I still ended up with a lot of pretty pins in the end – it was just a more painstaking process to get there. Two Colors For the second round I wanted to make multi colored pins. The first step was to coat the entire pin in paint for the base layer. To accomplish this, first secure your thumb tack in a small square of cardboard – that way you’re no longer touching the tack and the entire thing can be coated when you dip it in the paint. You may want to touch up any spots where the paint coated too heavy or too light with a paintbrush – also check the underside of the push pin. Once the base layer is dry, you can dip the top portion for a two tone effect. WOO! RPS-Double Dip Steps   Double Dip. Final Pins.Reduced
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  • RPS Lettering- Say it in French

    We're loving this hand lettering from one of our super talented interns, Caili Dalian! The flowers and lettering are adorable but it's the sentiment that makes us smile... and want to sign up for Rosetta Stone French. french Do you have a favorite saying or quote you'd like to see lettered? Let us know! We'd love to feature it! Until then,  have a lovely day (avoir une grande belle journée!)

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  • A New Life for Old Cards & Gift Wrap Scraps: DIY Gift Tags!

    I LOVE CARDS. Based on my obsession with paper goods, it kinda goes without saying. But sometimes the handwritten hellos begin to pile up. The recycle bin is no place for gorgeous patterns or designs – I just can’t bear to throw a good card away. Eventually, it gets to the point where my bulletin board couldn’t possibly hold anything more. I have the same problem with gift wrap - if I have sheet wrap in a pattern I love, good luck getting me to discard the scraps, no matter the size. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to repurpose old paper materials, in even the tiniest of pieces, by making them into simple gift tags! There’s two routes I usually go with this: recycling old cards and recycling sheet wrap. Tracing Guide But first things first – the tag style! It’s totally doable to cut your tags free hand, but if you’d like a little help, download, print and cut out our handy tracing guide. I’d recommend printing on cardstock, so you have a more stable material to trace. RPS_gift_tags The guide has 4 tag options – one large scalloped design with a matching lil’ guy, and one large basic tag with a smaller matching companion. A heads up: the basic tag is WAY easier to cut. That being said, I think the scalloped ones are (as they say out here in northern California) “hella” cute, so you do you when choosing your tag style, you do you. Recycling Cards This only works for folded cards that have writing on only one of the interior panes. If your friends are long winded like me, taking up every inch inside of their cards, then you’re S.O.L. on this one. But if you’ve got a spare half-a-card written on pretty patterned stationery, all you gotta do is:
    1. Download, print, and cut out your tracing guide
    2. Chop your card in half and recycle the portion that was written on (or keep in in a box of memories, whatever you choose)
    3. Trace your tag design (most cards can make at least a few tags each)
    4.  Cut, hole-punch, and thread some twine or string through the hole to affix the tag to a gift
    Materials: scissors, card to be recycled, tracing guide, hole punch, twine or string for affixing tags to gifts RPS-DIY  Recycling Gift Wrap Turning gift wrap into gift tags has the same steps as recycling cards: trace, cut, hole-punch. But to keep your tags from being too flimsy, I use rubber cement to adhere the gift wrap to cardstock prior to tracing and cutting the tag – that way you’ve got a sturdy enough material from the beginning, and your final product will be that much better.
    1. Download, print, and cut out your tracing guide
    2. Select your wrapping paper sample. Place pattern side down, evenly distribute rubber cement, and place the cardstock on top.  Apply pressure, smooth out any bubbles, and let it dry (I’m impatient, so it’s a miracle if I give it even 10 minutes and things usually turn out just fine)
    3. Trace your tag design (most cards can make at least a few tags each)
    4.  Cut, hole-punch, and thread some twine or string through the hole to affix the tag to a gift
    Materials: scissors, gift wrap scraps, tracing guide, rubber cement, cardstock, hole punch, twine. Things to keep in mind: -        When you’re adhering your spare wrap to cardstock, try to avoid any places where the sheet was folded in its previous life as gift wrap, so that you have a smooth surface for your tag. -        Given the size of the gift tags, the hole made by a regular office style one-hole punch might be a bit large, but most craft stores carry single punches with a smaller diameter hole. -        I suggest tracing the tag design on the printed side of the card, just so you can see what parts of the pattern you’re getting, and to make sure it’s lining up how you like (particularly important on any designs that have straight lines – stripes, maps with latitude and longitude, etc.) Love gift tags but not into the whole DIY thing? Check out some of our favorites from Sugar Paper: an adorable anchor and a super cute birthday gift tag. Or cut to the chase and grab the gift tag stamp kit from Yellow Owl Workshop (I’m slightly obsessed). Looking for more DIY ideas? Or perhaps examples of packaging awesomeness? Check out our Pinterest boards “DIY & Crafts” and “Packaging & Gift Wrap.”

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  • RPS Quote of the Week

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    This week’s hand lettered quote was a request from our dear friend Amy. Her best friend experienced the unfathomable this week: the loss of her 2 year old son to cancer. This quote was in their hospital room at Mott Children’s Hospital and something that brought them perspective and hope. Words don’t just seem enough to express our sadness & sympathies to this family. We're thinking of you.

     

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  • RPS Gift Guide- Smitten with the Mitten

    Michigan is the best state in the United States. Boom. There, I said it.  Here in Michigan, we’re smitten with so many parts of our state – don’t call us Tim Allen just yet, but we are all about Pure Michigan, and we have the gifts to prove it. From pint glasses to pencils, and t-shirts to handmade quilts, give your favorite Michigander the gift of Pure Michigan pride this holiday. michigan_layout 1) We love these Michigan pint glasses– they come in navy, forest green, gold, yellow and red. Check them out here. (Be sure to notate your color selection in the notes when ordering!) 2) Our collection of Michigan pencils can be found on our Etsy site and are a PERFECT stocking stuffer. Check them out here. 3) This RPS EXCLUSIVE print was a collaboration with designer extraordinaire Meg Sutton, from Belle & Union Co. You can find it on our Etsy shop in print, postcard and card form! This 11 x 14 print, printed locally in Michigan, can be found here. 3) This handmade quilt showcases not just our favorite mitten state, but the entire Great Lakes as well. Find this bad boy here! 4) Our custom made Ann Arbor box sign can be found only at RPS! Since its inception, we’ve shipped it around the country and world to places like California, Australia and even Chile. Find your own here. 5)  Know someone with tons of Michigan pride? Help them wear it around their neck with this amazing necklace, handmade in the USA necklace! Call us or email for more details or to order! 6) Our Lions, Tigers & Lakes t-shirt and Hell Yeah t-shirts (Made in MICHIGAN) are constantly in a battle for best-selling shirt. You can find them by size, here and here. 7) These vintage glasses and hand embroidered pillow are a perfect holiday gift. Both are available in ‘Great Lakes’ as well! 8) From the brother and sister duo behind an amazing Detroit store, City Bird, Emily & Andy have created a guide to exploring Detroit, “Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insiders Guide to Detroit.” This guide is perfect for that Michigander on your list dying to learn more about Detroit!    

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